Linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons – Thinking out Loud Thursday!
I leave for NYC tomorrow afternoon – looking forward to the 7-ish hour drive through NY State tomorrow – woohoo? I even downloaded some Bubble Guppies, Curious George and Little Einsteins for Max’s viewing pleasure as he tends to get tired of the car at the 4 hour mark. I am home early today as I already finished my class and now have til 4pm to get things ready – then it is off to my last outdoor track practice of the year! I shall be relaxing by watching some Parenthood and Big Bang Theory!
So what are my thoughts on my NYC Marathon Goals?
Honestly – I have one goal:
LOL – this bridge….
There isn’t much to it, really. The first marathon is a test race. I don’t really know what to expect as my training plan stopped at 32K long run – so who knows how my body will react to an additional 10K. Long runs are done at a very slow pace, so I also don’t know exactly how fast I can run on marathon day. My official prediction if all my aches and pains are just due to tapering (which btw are barely there today) is 4:55. I have only run a 2:15 half marathon and when predicting a marathon time, you don’t just multiple that number by two. I am adding them together and adding another 25 minutes. If I run the marathon like my long runs – it will be at about 6:50 pace doing 10 and 1’s with a number of breaks adding in. I’ve run all my long runs with breaks every 5 or so KM and will probably do that again on Sunday. I’m also planning on taking some pictures and giving some high fives. I’m not in a rush.
My plan for the race is to run a leisurely first half. I do much better if I take my first 3K or so at a crawl. Honestly, the first bridge is so crowded and because I’m starting in one of the back corrals, I won’t be surprised if I end up walking chunks of it. Brooklyn is supposed to be super crowded as well, and hopefully that makes me slow down a bit. Depending how I feel, I will attempt to take the second half a bit faster. My goal pace (adjusted for walking) is about 6:50/km. I am sticking to my 10/1’s OR might also just walk every water station as they are at every mile starting at mile 3. When I long run, I hit 10 minutes about every 1.5KM, and a mile = 1.6KM, so that will probably work out. I am going to have to stop and use the lovely washroom facilities at least once.
That is it – to finish, have fun and really nothing else.